Once, having been asked by the Pharisees when the kingdom of God would come, Jesus replied, “The kingdom of God does not come with your careful observation, nor will people say, ‘Here it is’, or ‘There it is’, because the kingdom of God is within you”.’ Luke 17:20 -21
Millions of people are have been evacuated from their homes in India and Bangladesh due to Super Cyclone Amphan. But these life-saving efforts are being restricted because of the need to social distance.
Raging winds of up to 120mph and 17 foot high waves have battered and damaged thousands of homes made with mud, tin and thatched roofs.
Please pray with us for our global neighbours who have felt the destruction of Cyclone Amphan. Pray for their protection and safety during these unimaginable circumstances.
We want to thank you for your prayers and overwhelming generosity. It is because of your ongoing support that communities are more resilient and we can provide immediate, life-saving help in times of great need.
Christian Aid’s Bangladesh Country Director, Pankaj Kumar says: ‘We have an increased number of intense storms year on year, and it is the most poor and vulnerable who are being hit the hardest. They are still restoring their homes and livelihoods from previous years… Amphan risks putting them back to square one.’
Our local partners are assessing the needs of people most in danger so that we can give life-saving support. Immediate help is likely to include safe water, hygiene kits, masks and sanitisers – to avoid transmission of coronavirus.
Our partners are on the ground supporting the evacuations to cyclone centres, especially elderly people and people with disabilities. Your support makes this possible.
If you’d like to give to support this work, please consider donating here.
And please, stand in solidarity and pray for our global neighbours impacted by Cyclone Amphan. We’re hugely grateful for all you do for the communities we serve.
Director of Fundraising and Supporter Engagement
These photographs are from celebrations in Gt Barton and Thurston from the VE 75 celebrations. We would like to thank Rev’d Manette, Anne Penistone and Kathleen Sewter for giving permission to share them.
At last our ‘Tommy’ is finally, safely home to celebrate VE Day - 75 years since the end of World War ll in Europe. An occasion we all want to celebrate, but alas cannot, well! not together in one place, but definitely in one mind, and in many places; “We will remember them.”
VE DAY – 2020
New Parish Giving Scheme Telephone Service
The PGS has launched a new telephone service for parishes. May it be of real benefit for all who use it in these difficult times. It is designed to enable prospective donors to set up a regular Direct Debit gift over the phone, donors can telephone: 0333 002 1271, lines are open Monday to Friday, between 9.00 – 5.00pm. PGS is a multi-diocesan approach to serving parishes with a professional donation management and Gift Aid service which combats the challenge of static giving by allowing donors to increase their giving in line with inflation. For more information about the scheme please visit our website. www.cofesuffolk.otg/stewardship/parish-giving.